Three Exciting New Exhibits for January and February

Get ready to lose your socks, Corvallisites, for these fine arts-men and women are taking local exhibition to new levels of extreme, with collections by self-taught artists, ink images that distort body lines and self-imagery, and a lens into the chaos of human trajectory. Intrigued? See it for yourself.

Portland Artist Rachel Mulder Opens at CEI/Artworks
There is a new CEI/ArtWorks Gallery exhibit opening in January, showcasing the work of talented Portland artist and printmaker, Rachel Mulder. The work, titled “Shadow Selves: How To Forget To Disappear,” is an emotional journey, where characters in ink vacillate between fighting and embracing. 

Mulder’s work features faces and body parts – bent and mangled meaningfully at odd angles – distorting images of self. One is of a detached face in the hands of a dark blob. What do these images have in common? Bodies blurring the lines, and that they’re must-sees.

The opening reception will be held on January 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. and will be a stop on the January Corvallis Art Walk. The exhibit will run until February 13, and Is located in downtown Corvallis, at 408 SW Monroe.

Bruce Burris’ SUPEREGIONAL and Storming the Academy
Local activist and artist Bruce Burris is having a solo exhibit opening on February 5 called “SUPEREGIONAL” at the Fairbanks Gallery located on the Oregon State University campus. 

According to Burris, his featured work “concerns itself with the lives of people close up and the chaos we conjure, close by,” and “slouches towards commentary, poignancy and satire, hopefully provoking an awareness of the emotions we strive so diligently to ignore and forget.” 

The works provide colorful close-ups of human trajectory. A free-range narrative can be found by each spectator perusing the sights, making for a unique and personalized experience each time. 

There will be a reception on February 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Gallery is regularly open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours on the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Art Walk.

A parallel exhibit at the Fairbanks curated by Burris and Andrew Nigon, called “Storming the Academy,” is an informal survey of 35 artists who consider themselves uninfluenced by formal art education. Expect to find a rich diversity of self-taught styles of art, from names such as Holly Hoover, Kurt Fisk, Lisa Wells, Kris Askew, Kwang Lee, David Hunt, and many more.

This event will be held at the Wood Shop in Fairbanks Hall, and will also open on February 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fairbanks Hall is located at 220 SW 26th Street on OSU’s main campus in Corvallis.

 By Chris McDowell